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Breakthrough

Today, we shall examine the relationship between Paul and Titus as we seek to gain insight into certain factors that lead to breakthrough. But first, let’s define breakthrough.

What is Breakthrough?
According to online dictionary, www.dictionary.com, breakthrough could mean either or all of the following:
1. “A military movement or advance all the way through and beyond an enemy's front-line defense.” So, we when we talk about breakthrough as Christians, we mean advancing through and beyond Satan’s line of defense against us. It means going beyond defeat to living a victorious Christian life. The bible teaches us clearly that we wrestle against principalities and power and spiritual wickedness in high places. We are called to cast down imaginations and everything that oppose the knowledge or the glory of God. Ephesians 6:10-13, 2 Corinthians 10: 3-5. Sometimes, what we need most isn’t another 7-step program or counseling, but the ability to take authority over corrupting influences of Satan and his evil agents.
2. “An act or instance of removing or surpassing an obstruction or restriction; the overcoming of a stalemate”. All the resistances we experience do not all necessarily come directly from Satan and his demon spirits. Some of the opposition to salvation and victory we experience may come from wrong attitudes, ignorance etc. Hence, breakthrough also refers to breaking down all resistances that stand on our way to being all that God has called us to be. This is why teaching, counseling, mentorship and submission to the Holy Spirit become very important. Matthew 11:28-30
3. “Any significant or sudden advance, development, achievement, or increase, as in scientific knowledge or diplomacy, that removes a barrier to progress.” Breakthrough also implies a significant moment in history that marks a major advancement in your life. Hence, a spiritual breakthrough could refer to a transformative moment in time that sets the rest of your life on a higher projectile, spiritually speaking. For example, the day we received Christ as Lord and Savior is a momentous day that opens a spiritual life of grace to you. There was a day that Jabez prayed and had his fortunes in life (spiritual and physical) changed for good. 1 Chronicles 4:9-10

Important Keys to Breakthrough:
Here a few helpful steps that will lead to breakthrough. The list is not exhaustive, neither is it meant to be another 7-point program. But for sure, major spiritual breakthroughs have had these important elements as key factors:
1. Proper Location: It is important for us to be at the right place at the right time. Paul was a man who listened and discerned God’s leading regarding a time and a place for God’s work. Acts 16:6-10
2. The “Titus” Connection: God’s breakthrough or blessings is often tied to a person. Paul got to Troas, had an open door but could not walk into that open door; because Titus was not around. Titus was to bring him certain news regarding the Corinthian Church. Paul’s comfort in this instance was tied to a person by name Titus. 2 Corinthians 2: 12-12-13; 2 Corinthians 7: 5-6.
3. Release of Honor: The ability to honor key persons in your life will release divine breakthrough. First on that list is God. We ought to honor God always. But there are also certain persons in our lives that we ought to honor, namely, your parents, spouse, mentor, pastor, boss etc. Titus honored Paul; the Corinthian Church honored Titus and Paul by heeding instructions. 2 Corinthians 7: 5-13.
4. Heart-felt Prayer: Paul was a man of prayer. He believed in the power of prayer to effect breakthrough, and constantly prayed in times of dire circumstances. Acts 16: 24-26. James charged that we have not because we ask not (James 4: 2-3). Prayer is a divine privilege that allows us the opportunity to co-work with God in advancing His will. In the place of prayer, we can repent of our sins and mistakes, submit to God, renounce and bind he work of darkness, claim Christ’ victory and receive the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Jacob is a good example for us (Genesis 32: 24-30).

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